X Factor 2012: Cheryl Cole to join Gary Barlow at judges' houses

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole is set to return to The X Factor this year, as she helps out Gary Barlow at judges' houses.

The Geordie star, who was a judge on the show between 2008 and 2011, will be joining Gary in London next week to help whittle down the acts in his category.

It had previously been reported that Gary's Take That bandmate Robbie Williams was to help out, but the dates for filming clashed with Robbie's tour.

A source told The Sun this morning: “Only Gary’s intimate inner circle know. He hasn’t even discussed it with Simon or ITV bosses. It’s been seriously top secret stuff.

“They’re all under the impression it’s going to be Robbie. No one even noticed the dates for the recording clashed with Robbie’s new solo tour.”

However the news comes after Cheryl revealed she hasn't yet watched any of this year's show due to a busy schedule in LA.

Let's hope she catches up on Sky+ before filming!

The acts in Gary's category will be the last to film the last section of the auditions, which will decide which acts make it through to the live finals.

Nicole Scherzinger was the first to film her judges' houses section, flying out to Dubai earlier this month with rapper Ne-Yo.

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This year twelve acts will make it through to the final live shows, which are due to start in October.

> The X Factor 2012 spoilers: Rumoured judges' categories revealed!

The X Factor continues tonight and tomorrow night on ITV1. The judges' houses section will air next month.

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